Martí Riverola singled out by Guardiola
David Saura (special correspondent)
Pep Guardiola chose to pick out Young midfielder Martí Riverola as an example of the club’s ability to bring through youngsters, telling reporters: “this is a success for the whole club”.
Martí has been at the club since he was a child, joining the FCB Football School when he was just
six years old and his appearance for the first team in the 2-5 win in Seoul was the culmination, so
far, of many years of hard work at the club.
Debut with Barça Atlètic
Born on 26th January 1991, in Barcelona, Martí Riverola joined the
club’s Benjamin B team in 1999/2000 and last year he made his debut for Barça B at Espanyol.
Now, just a few months later he is part of the first team Tour of Asia and has been singled out by
Guardiola as a perfect example of the good work done in the club’s youth teams:
“it’s an acknowledgement of the whole institution, of so much hard work of so many
people”, according to the boss.
Martí agrees with Guardiola: “I heard what he said to the press
and I have to agree. It’s a collective success for the institution to take a player through
to the first team. Every coach I’ve had has brought something. I’m very happy to
continue progressing and I want to always keep on doing so”.
Martí admitted that his hero as a child was “the manager I guess”, but stressed:
“what I most like about Barça is our style of play, the way we pass the ball. I’ve
always liked that and I’ve been schooled in that style”.
“This tour is a special prize”
The midfielder is also well aware that the experiences on tour are an
extra, but there is still plenty of work ahead: “I’m part of the Barça B squad and this
is just a special prize for us playing with the first team squad means we are learning a
Martí’s models in the current set up are Xavi and Iniesta: “I’d like to
take the best of each of them and try and find perfection. They are two great players, two of the
best in this team”, and of course, two more who came up through the youth teams.